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Optical Characterization Of Sea Ice Structure Using Polarized Light Techniques
Author(s): Anthony J. Gow
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Paper Abstract

Optical properties of sea ice depend to a greater or lesser extent on its crystalline properties and on the size, shape, and distribution of brine inclusions systematically trapped in the ice crystals. Here we demonstrate the use of polarized light techniques to examine the internal structure of sea ice. Using both naturally occurring and laboratory simulated sea ice we show how the crystalline and salinity components originate including discussion of the mechanisms by which first-year ice desalinates and recrystallizes into multi-year ice exhibiting optical properties significantly different from those of first-year ice.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 August 1986
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0637, Ocean Optics VIII, (7 August 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.964241
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Anthony J. Gow, U.S Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0637:
Ocean Optics VIII
Marvin A. Blizard, Editor(s)

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